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Zulgad: Spielman not bothered by late-round picks’ hit-and-miss nature


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Rick Spielman was named the Vikings’ vice president of player personnel in May 2006 and began playing a significant role in the draft process the following spring.

Spielman and coach Brad Childress worked together until November 2010 when the latter was fired. For much of the time, […]

P.J.R.: A timeline for the falling out of Spielman and Frazier


Here’s the timeline as to how the Vikings arrived in a season with complete quarterback chaos, and General Manager Rick Spielman’s determination to fire coach Leslie Frazier.

1-January 2006: Brothers Zygi and Mark Wilf have their first chance to make a coaching change, firing Mike Tice on Jan. 1 and hiring Brad […]

Vikings GM Throws Coach Search Wide Open

By Eric Henderson

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings are conducting their first head coach search in eight years, and the process is setting up to be an exhaustive one.

After Leslie Frazier was fired on Monday, general manager Rick Spielman says he’s identified 13 different categories of potential replacements. He says he won’t […]

Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell reportedly on Vikings’ radar


Could the Minnesota Vikings be looking to a former Brad Childress assistant as their next head coach?

Only hours after firing Leslie Frazier on Monday morning, a report surfaced that the Vikings had asked to interview Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. Bevell, of course, served as Childress’ offensive coordinator with the […]

Zulgad: Antiquated Tampa-2 deserves blame for defensive shortcomings


The Chicago Bears had won the NFC North with an 11-5 record in 2005 when the Minnesota Vikings fired coach Mike Tice after a 9-7 finish and began the search for his replacement.

It didn’t take long for two things to happen.

One, ownership was so enamored with Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator […]

Zulgad: Team should hope it can announce Christian Ponder's benching


A fractured rib means the Minnesota Vikings don’t have to face the reality of the Christian Ponder situation for a few more weeks.

Obviously, the general public doesn’t know the extent of the injury to the Vikings’ first selection in the 2011 draft, but for now the team is well within its rights […]

Zulgad: Christian Ponder only part of problem with disappointing Vikings


Much of the anger over the Minnesota Vikings’ 0-3 start has been directed at Christian Ponder.

This comes as no surprise.

It’s always easy to point at the quarterback when times are tough and, in Ponder’s case, he has never been seen by fans as the solution to this franchise’s issues at that […]

Zulgad: Vikings show lack of faith in Ponder's decision making ability


A lack of faith in Christian Ponder’s abilities appear to exist both inside and outside the walls of Winter Park these days.

How else do you explain the fact the Minnesota Vikings quarterback approached the line of scrimmage last Sunday facing a third-and-goal from the Chicago Bears’ 4-yard line with any decision-making abilities […]

Zulgad: Bill Musgrave can choose to show today that Ponder is his guy


Only one game into the season, the Minnesota Vikings could provide a real tip as to how dedicated they are to making sure Christian Ponder remains their quarterback.

Ponder’s poor performance in a season-opening loss at Detroit last weekend was a topic of great discussion, especially since many (including the Vikings) had been […]

Zulgad: Early struggles could cause Vikings to make change at QB


Christian Ponder’s performance in the Minnesota Vikings’ 34-24 season-opening loss Sunday at Detroit had many wondering how much patience the franchise will continue to show with him.

The Vikings invested the 12th pick in the 2011 draft on Ponder and have given every indication since then that, in their eyes, he is the […]